Freedom of Information Requests
8th July 2021
1st Floor West Wing
New Alderley Building
Dr Benjamin Viaris De Lesegno & Sabrina Khaloon
Macclesfield District General Hospital
Dear Dr Benjamin Viaris De Lesegno & Sabrina Khaloon,
Re: Freedom of Information Act 2000
Thank you for your information request indicated in bold below, which has now been
considered under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 by NHS Cheshire Clinical
Commissioning Group (CCG). I am able to provide you with the following information
Please note from 1st April 2020, NHS Eastern Cheshire CCG, NHS South Cheshire
CCG, NHS Vale Royal CCG and NHS West Cheshire CCG merged to form NHS
Cheshire CCG. You asked:
1) How many consultations are there per year for chronic pain?
2) How many patients per year does that represent?
1 - 2) During the 2020/21 financial year, there were 9,264 consultations with
chronic pain services undertaken for 7,004 NHS Cheshire CCG patients. Of
those 7,004 patients, 5,490 had one consultation only and the remainder had
two or more consultations.
3) What is the total cost of care per year for Chronic Pain?
3) Please be advised that NHS Cheshire CCG commissions chronic pain
services as part of a wider block contract for a range of healthcare services. As
a result of these block contracts NHS Cheshire CCG does not have a
separately identified cost specifically for the chronic pain services element.
Dr Andrew Wilson FRCGP
4) What is the total cost of medication per year for Chronic Pain?
4) NHS Cheshire CCG does not hold information on the total cost of medication
per year for chronic pain. You may wish to redirect your request for this
information to the NHS Business Services Authority (BSA) who provide
prescribing and dispensing data and can be contacted for Freedom of
Information requests via the below link: https://applications.nhsbsa.nhs.uk/FOI/initRequestForm.do
5) Do you have a secondary care pain unit in the CCG? If so, how many
referrals are made to this unit per year?
5) During the 2020/21 financial year, there were 1,795 referrals made for NHS
Cheshire CCG patients to secondary care pain services. Of those 1,795
referrals, 1,223 were to the Countess of Chester NHS Foundation Trust and
572 to Mid Cheshire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust.
6) Do you have community pain services? If so, how many consultations
are made to these services per year? and what is the cost of care within
these services per year?
6) Please be advised that of the three commissioned providers of community
pain services NHS Cheshire CCG only receives data from one, Central
Cheshire Integrated Care Partnership (CCICP). During the 2020/21 financial
year there were 4,032 consultations for NHS Cheshire CCG patients with
CCICP for community pain services.
You may wish to redirect your request for the rest of this information to our other
two commissioned providers of community pain services, who are listed below
along with their contact details for Freedom of Information requests:
- East Cheshire NHS Trust
- NHS Cheshire and Wirral Partnership Foundation Trust
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NHS Cheshire CCG commissions community pain management services as
part of a wider block contract for a range of healthcare services with providers.
As a result of these block contracts NHS Cheshire CCG does not have a
separately identified cost specifically for the community pain management
If you have any queries or concerns, wish to request a review of our response or are
unhappy with the service you have received in relation to this Freedom of
Information request, please do not hesitate to contact the Freedom of Information
Requests team; details provided at the top of this letter.
If you request a review of our response and are not content with the subsequent
outcome, you may apply directly to the Information Commissioner for a decision.
Generally, the Information Commissioner cannot make a decision unless you have
exhausted the Freedom of Information review procedure provided by NHS Cheshire
Clinical Commissioning Group.
The Information Commissioner can be contacted at: The Information Commissioner’s Office
Director of Governance and Corporate Development
NHS Cheshire Clinical Commissioning Group
Re- Use of Information
Most of the information that we provide in response to Freedom of Information Act 2000 request will
be subject to copyright protection. In most cases the copyright will be owned by NHS Cheshire CCG.
The copyright in other information may be owned by another person or organisation, as indicated on
the information itself.
You are free to use any information supplied for your own non-commercial research or private study
purposes. The information may also be used for any other purpose allowed by a limitation or
exception in copyright law, such as news reporting. However, any other type of re-use, for example
by publishing the information in analogue or digital form, including on the internet, will require the
permission of the copyright owner. Therefore, you must ensure that you gain our permission before
reproducing any information. You may need a licence from us for this.
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